Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you. —Judith Jamison
You ever get those things in those subscription boxes that you think are cute but then you think, I will probably NEVER use/need/wear that?
Well, you should probably stop reading 🙂
In my latest Fab Fit Fun box I got this hat by Alice + Olivia*.
It is SUPER cute.
But I don’t wear hats very often—this is a product of always having my glasses on the top of my head. But maybe I’ll wear it with sunglasses having a drink on the back porch or chillin’ with the neighbors on a Sunday afternoon.
But in true Maria fashion, I wanted to make it my own.
In the end, in honor of spring I thought I’d make a knit flower…how hard could it be?
It was actually really easy.
Like my last knit pattern, I thought that this would be a good project to use some of my ‘scrap’ or remnant (that’s a nicer word than scraps isn’t it) yarn. Every knitter has those partial balls of yarn just lying around right? (If you are a knitter and you don’t, please tell me your secret!)
The hat has a daisy pattern on it.
So, a daisy is what I’d make.
Daisies only have 5 petals that make it even easier. You can do as many as you’d like for yours-this is completely personal preference.
You are the maker and you are the only one who has to be happy with the piece in the end.
And I am happy with mine, as is the dragon.
This is what I came up with…
I was going to do a combo of white and yellow petals but in the end, I just went with the yellow—I did make two white petals, so I guess I will need to find something to do with them.
I decided to knit in front of the TV this particular day, so that is why most many or these pics are on the background of 1) my IKEA couch or 2) my pant leg.
Except one, I finished during my waiting time after my second COVID shot (by this point I had the pattern memorized).
Oh, wait…that is still my leg.
My 5 petals are now complete! I laid the put on my couch to see how they would look. They are a bit boring…they need a pistil.
I could have gone with a button (and that would have been cute too). But I wanted the texture of a sunflower pistil.
I wanted a fun pistil. I would have preferred to have used some variegated yarn for this, (something like this would have made my day). But I had NONE. So, plain old orange would have to do.
And in the end, I decided I needed a ‘leaf’ and I DID have a variegated green. 🙂
Let’s move from narrative to just a simple list of how to put this flower together!
How do you do it?
#1 Make your petals (pattern below)
#2 Lay them out to see if you like the way it will look (see above pic).
#3 Happy, great! Graft it together.
#4 Make your pistil (pattern below)
#5 Add pistil to flower petals.
You could be done right there!
But I made some final finishes…
I decided it was too plain and a healthy flower would have a leaf.
You have a flower and leaf, you could just sew/stitch it onto your hat and be done.
Again, I made another decision, I wanted the whole thing to be removable from the hat.
This hat is reversible, what if I want to wear it the other way?
OR I want to attach the flower to a different hat…just two reasons.
Maybe the hat gets dirty and needs to be washed…I am pretty messy!
I could probably add the flower to a hair scrunchy? Oh yes!
What about on a barrette? YES PLEASE!
Make it removable
What you need:
Safety pin (large)
Hot glue/Hot glue gun
If you have an old button—campaign type button—that would be a great alternative to hot gluing the button
I attached a button (with hot glue) to the back of the flower to make a solid spot for the safety pin to be attached.
Then hot gluing the safety pin to the button.
Ultimately I am happy with how it turned out!
* Get 15% off at AliceandOlivia.com with code FFF15. Offer expires 8/1/21.
Knit Flower Pedals
CO 4 with long-tail cast-on so you have the yarn for grafting in the end.
R2: K1, kfb, kfb, k1 (6)
R4: K2, kfb, kfb, k2 (8)
R6: K3, kfb, kfb, k3 (10)
R8: K4, kfb, kfb, k4 (12)
R10: K5, kfb, kfb, k5 (14)
R12: K1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1, (12)
R16: K1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1 (10)
R18: K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1 (8)
R20: K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1 (6)
R22: K1, ssk, k2tog
R24: SSK, k2tog
Cut yarn and pull thru to bo
Repeat until you have the desired number of petals for your flower.
R2: Kfb (60)
The piece will naturally start to circle, so make just tack it together with a couple of stitches
Same as pistil except only CO 15
P.S. Come back, my next project is plants…all the indoor plants I have acquired over the last month (month and a half-ish).